KSSENA best practice example in EPC for public buildings

KSSENA, the Regional Energy Agency of Savinjska, Šaleška and Koroška is sharing its expertise in financing and implementing successful energy performance contracting (EPC) projects in public buildings with the Canton of Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), the Municipality of Bydgoszcz (Poland), the Municipality of Egaleo (Greece), the Municipality of Matosinhos (Portugal), the Municipality of Loures (Portugal) and the Municipality of Siemiatycze (Poland).

On 10 - 11 September 2019, a two-day site visit was organised in the municipality of Velenje. The main objective was to deepen the participants’ know-how of EPC-related topics and to create an environment for dialogue and exchange on the practical implementation of refurbishment in public buildings and EPC.

Nejc Jurko, together with his colleagues Primož Rotovnik and Sašo Mozgan, presented the key features of energy performance contracting. Further topics included using energy audits as a reference document for municipalities interested in EPC, meta energy data collection, appraisals of possible technical solutions and EU funds for energy renovation.  

During the two days, different sites were visited such as the renovated Health Centre of Velenje (6 buildings, 1.1 Mio. Euro investment, cost savings of 17,000 Euro/year), the Kindergarten Živ Žav (262,000 Euro investment, 31 % savings for heating) and the cultural heritage building in Celski Dom (1,964,121 Euro investment, 50 % energy savings).

The municipality-owned swimming pool in Velenje is currently undergoing deep renovation. It was one of the best practice examples showed and discussed during the two-day visit. The main energy efficiency measures being implemented through this EPC project include the thermal insulation of the building envelope (30 cm) and roof, a new heat pump, a new lighting system, a ventilation system with heat recovery and floor heating. The building is connected to the Šalek Valley district heating system. A total of 964,000 Euro are being invested. The participants received a guided tour through the whole complex with a detail presentation of the different measures. The project will permit 16 % electricity savings, 49 % heat savings and costs savings of 19.500 Euro/year.

Overall, participants benefited from sharing internal know-how (among each other and with the mentor), from hands-on experience during the site-visits and from external inputs provided by facility managers.

"Energy sustainable plans lead us to collaboration. Collaboration leads us to understanding the necessity for change in sustainable management. Changes lead us to a common vision for our city and desired outcome."

                                                                    Vedad Viteskic, City of Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

"Visiting Slovenian cities where so many public buildings already benefit from deep energy retrofitting through a combination of EPC, national and European funds increased my enthusiasm for implementing energy efficiency measures in our municipal buildings. KSSENA professionals have a keen understanding of the challenges that needed to be addressed and are well versed in both the technical and financial solutions that might be replicable to some of our projects."                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Iolanda Sousa, Municipality of Loures (Portugal)

"This meeting boosted creativity."

                                                                              Agnieszka Koc, Municipality of Siemiatycze (Poland)

"The visit in Velenje and Celje proved to us the success story of an EPC."

                                                                            Dimitris Tzempelikos, Municipality of Egaleo (Greece)

Image: Agnieszka Koc from the Municipality of Siemiatycze (Poland), Dimitris Tzempelikos from the Municipality of Egaleo (Greece), Primož Rotovnik from KSSENA (Slovenia), Iolanda Sousa from the Municipality of Loures (Portugal), Nejc Jurko from KSSENA (Slovenia), Vedad Viteskic from the Municipality of Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Marcin Napierała from the Municipality of Bydgoszcz (Poland), Luís Magalhães from the Municipality of Matosinhos (Portugal) and Anja Gahleitner from the OÖ Energiesparverband (Austria).

Author: Anja Gahleitner (Facilitator Prospect)